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comment Ivory Coast, Africa: What diseases tend to occur there?
and oh, you can argue with CDC. Checked the list for Uzbekistan. The country itself recommends TBE (tick born encephalitis) vaccination, CDC doesn't even mention it as optional for certain groups. Then again, the USA does not have TBE vaccines available (for whatever reason) according to the CDC website.
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comment Ivory Coast, Africa: What diseases tend to occur there?
hmm, Meningitis is a nasty one as well. At least Ebola kills quickly...
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comment How to behave on a US visa interview?
@d33tah I'd be surprised if a consulate or embassy doesn't have people who speak both the local language and English.
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comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
@MichaelBorgwardt they lose money in that they run the very real risk of the room not being used that night, and most likely having to now sell it at below market prices to make anything at all.
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comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
@MichaelBorgwardt that's not true. It all depends on the contract terms for booking the room. If those state that if you don't show they charge you XXX that's what they can charge. The hotel spends money to hold that room for you, so it only stands to reason they're going to recover that money if you fail to show up. If they didn't, nothing would stop some unscrupulous person from booking a hundred rooms in every hotel in town and never showing, just to cause trouble...
Apr
7
comment Is tipping expected in Indonesia?
especially the "don't tip big". Many Indonesians seem to consider it an insult to their dignity and "throwing your wealth around", not a good impression. And Bali, with its high density of foreign tourists, will see more people expecting tips (or used to being tipped at any rate) as compared to the more remote areas like Flores and Sumbawa.
Apr
6
comment Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm
@ThorstenS. well said. Or History Channel on television.
Apr
4
comment Do I need to carry my passport while travelling within the Schengen area?
@Tor-EinarJarnbjo maybe not at EU level, but at national level it exists in many countries. And even if there isn't, as I said they'll always find an excuse if they want one. And if you fail to comply, it's off to the police station, and in court it's your "I did nothing wrong" against their "we had our reasons" and you ALWAYS lose that.
Apr
4
comment Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm
and don't forget that NO2 is also sought after by illegal street racers for injection into their engines as it increases performance.
Apr
4
comment Do I need to carry my passport while travelling within the Schengen area?
@Bernhard nice in theory, but in practice they can make up an excuse if needed. And no, in the EU they need no reason, they've the right to ask for ID just to check whether you are in compliance with the law that requires you to carry ID.
Apr
4
comment Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm
common enough in Europe to warrant having detectors? Lived in Europe all my life, never once heard of anything like that except a single rumour about Russian gangsters using it on overnight trains in Russia to knock out entire cars by pumping poison gas into the air vents and killing all the passengers and crew so they can steal their belongings. And THAT I've never heard of actually happening in reputable sources, only hinted at.
Apr
4
comment I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?
yup. I once got scorned by a border agent because a page was creased... And got a serious warning when there was a small tear in one page (nice thing about those plastic pages in machine readable passports, they tend to start to come loose if used a lot, tearing at the point they're connected to the paper).
Apr
4
comment I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?
@MattLyons it can be a problem if there's supposed to be one to match an exit stamp. Would mean she might have entered the country illegally at some point.
Apr
2
comment Is the European driving license valid as ID in Europe?
@Annoyed the main purpose of the ID check with elections is to check the name of the person presenting the voting card to a photograph. Thus a driver's license will do as well as a passport. If the combination is valid, it's simply assumed the voting card is valid. Which has led to trouble with false voting cards in the hands of people who're not allowed to vote, or in the hands of people who fabricated them as being permitted by family members to vote for them. During the last election cycle there were more votes cast than cards sent out in at least 35 cities.
Mar
26
comment Entering using one passport and exiting using another
@AdityaSomani my father used to be in that situation (having a permanent visa to the US without expiration date due to visiting the country for business about once a month or more). He had to get that visa reprinted in his new passport when the old one expired, which usually just involved a quick visit to a US embassy. One time he had to visit the US before he could do so he was admitted on the expired passport but did get told to get it transfered to the new passport as soon as possible because it was highly irregular.
Mar
23
comment Turning off GPS on a flight?
@reirab 1) 2 years ago that was not the case, 2) even today most will use triangulation on towers because it's more energy efficient. Your assertion that (almost) all cellphones have always had actual GPS receivers is dead wrong.
Mar
19
comment Stay for 2 days in Amsterdam enroute from USA to India
@drN so you don't have a valid US visa, yet try to use it to travel to the US? Expect to be denied boarding at your departure point, and if not expect a big stink on arrival.
Mar
19
comment Valid Schengen visa in unmarried name and old expired passport, can I travel with both again?
generally, anything in an expired passport is no longer considered valid.
Mar
19
comment Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?
or take the well documented cases in the UK where rescue workers, police, fire department, etc. were not allowed to help drowning people because they didn't have life preservers for themselves with them...
Mar
19
comment Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?
@Damon you're making general statements, and generally speaking (rather than in the German context) your statements aren't valid. Similarly, in some countries you are legally protected under good samaritan laws against being sued or arrested when trying to help someone and failing. In other countries you're not, and helping someone is more likely to end you in prison or bankrupt than it is to get the person you're trying to help out of a bad situation.